I'm moving my commentary to this thread because it is yours, k?
-wisteria is a common name for "Hygrophila difformis," and I was calling the plant simply difformis. Sorry! I just assumed you knew the scientific names!
Again, I could not dissagree with you more. How does keeping a school of tetras make you an artist? The artistry comes from the aquascape, not the fish you put in it. Any idiot can throw some tetras in water, that doesnt mean there an artist. Personly, I think that artistry comes from dooing something original. Keeping an arowana is more of an artistry than stupid small fish. I HATE LITTLE FISH WITH A PASSION! Any little fish I come across will be fead strate to my arowana. Plus, you can barly see little fish in my tank.
-Fish selection is definitely an aspect of the aquascaping art form. It always has been, and always will be a very important visual aspect.
I couldn't agree more that experimenting and doing original things is part of being an artist!
BUT-- an artists makes original leaps and does experiments with purpose
. Artists think about their decisions and try to put together the implications. It is:
"I chose to use an arowana because of its elegence and strength, and because that strength ties into my aquascape by complimenting the theme of . . ."
"I chose to use an arowana because I like it."
It's fine that you hate little fish, and it's fine that you want to use an arowana-- but it's not art until you design a scape that works with the fish visually. It's a fishtank for a very nice arowana instead.
The first thing people say when they see my tank is "WOW, thats a nice fish!" My arowana is supposed to be the center-peice of my tank.
Wow, it's like you're arguing my point for me! I was going to say, "I bet people see your tank and just say, 'Cool Fish!'" But this is awesome! Now I have supporting proof behind that statement!
So yeah, when people see this tank, they say "Cool Fish!" They don't say, "Awesome tank!" And the art of aquascaping is about making a beautiful tank. Fish keeping is about showing off fish.
Well that sums it up.
but, one more thing: Some people do like smaller fish, and you should be sensitive to that. Small fish have different strong points from big fish.
+take up attention
+make the tank seem smaller
+Make the tank seem larger (zen aesthetic principle, create BIG within the small)
+Add wide-spread highlights
+Don't take up as much attention on individual fish
+Don't stand out
There's pros and cons to every artistic decision-- the artist's job is to choose how he ties together the implications
PS-- I'm looking forward to seeing your final scape plans! However, before you go about that:
Things will look alot better once I rip all the current plants out and replace them with better ones.
There's no such thing as a better or worse plants. There's just different plants with different visual pros and cons.